Purpose is about contributing to something beyond yourself, moving in an intentional direction, and connecting to your deeper why in everything you do.
Our core values provide a guiding light in decision making.
We all want success stories. We want guaranteed returns. I mean, who doesn't?
But this I know.
I'm here to be a purposeful role model for them, to help them go through transformative experiences, and to give them a toolkit which they can pull out from the depths of their brains 5, 15 years down the road, which will help them make decisions that are meaningful to them.
"I wear multiple hats - Apart from Project Wayfinder, I'm a student career counselor, I teach at Harvard University, I'm a purpose researcher and design specialist at Boston College...but whatever work I take on, whatever life decisions I make, I check it against my purpose compass - and make sure they are all aligned with it."
Not at all. This is how I see it.
1. Purpose Projects
This year, we provided themes (Eg. Sustainable Consumption and Production) to guide students in ideating for their startup. Great starting discussion point, great proposals, but we noticed that their heart wasn't in it. Because it wasn't a need and problem that they identified and cared about.
By incorporating "Sparks" sessions, we can have students sit down and think about out needs and causes in the world that they personally care about, combine it with values and interests they have, to generate ideas for businesses they want to build. We saw students who had this alignment, continue working on their idea post camp.
2. Giving Meaning to Key Future Skills
Any parent would've heard that the world is changing and 25% of jobs will be displaced by technology in the 10 years. And we've been telling our kids to focus on learning coding and robotics - skills which will provide job security and are in high demand.
But we're missing the point. By just telling them what to study, what they should be, we're forcing mindsets and end up making these key skills meaningless (like what alot of kids think of algebra). But for a child who values curiosity, enjoys discovery and seeing formulaic reactions, who previously thought the only career option is becoming a scientist, digital technology opens up a whole new world [P/s: This is the case of my younger daughter] .
Source: Project Wayfinder
So what if we can help them uncover their "Why" and develop a sense of purpose?
Purpose education is to give adolescents a North Star to always guide them through difficult decisions in life - 10 years. 15 years. 20 years down the road.
Now wouldn't that be bright?
Do you think Purpose Education is important for your child?
Leave us a comment below if you'd like to have your child go through Wayfinder's curriculum (Or if you'd like to see a parent-child Wayfinder workshop)! We'll be holding our first Wayfinder workshop and inviting selected students to experience our first one for free.
Project Wayfinder's Why:
"In an increasingly unpredictable and self-defined world, this much is clear: we must teach students the skillsets, mindsets, and practices to create purposeful lives, if we want them to thrive" said Project Wayfinder's founder and director Patrick Cook-Deegan, a Stanford University Education Innovation Fellow who lectures at Stanford University and UC Berkeley, and is a serial social entrepreneur.
Students said it doesn't help them decide what to do after high school, what college to attend, what kind of career to pursue, and of course the biggest question of all: “What do I want to do with my life?”
And that's why he started developing Project Wayfinder.
Here's an article written by Tim Klein of Project Wayfinder: